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Can the agriculture sector in the UK and Western Europe remain viable in a changing global environment? The short answer to the question is a resounding “yes”. Our agriculture sector has a bright future - as long as it can adapt and innovate to meet the challenges of a fast-changing world.
This Coalition Government is on a mission to transform our economy. From one of waste and inefficiency to a greener, more sustainable model
Thank you. I’m delighted to be here this morning to launch our Natural Environment White Paper. It presents a unique opportunity for our generation to pass the environment on to the next in a far better state than we inherited it.
I have been in post as the Food and Agriculture Minister for just over a year. So this is a good time to take stock of progress. I know that this is also a critical time for many of the issues which are of particular concern to those of you in the processing industry.
Agri-food sector plays a key part in our economy with the whole food chain contributing £88 billion per annum (7% of GDP) and 3.7 million jobs.
It’s a real pleasure to be here and to have the opportunity to mark the tremendous work that RABI is doing to support the farming community.
The economic crisis that recently affected much of our world highlighted the risks that all investors face. Anyone with a stake in a financial market has a vested interest in avoiding a similar crisis in the future. And needs to see a greater degree of accountability and transparency in the investment process.
It’s good to be given the opportunity to speak to you today. And let me say straightaway that I am absolutely committed to doing whatever I can to help in the fight against wildlife crime.
I am passionate about sustainable development. A passion that wants to see it drive everything we do. Not just for the sake of our natural world. But for the sake of our economy. And for the sake of our society and wellbeing.
Thank you, Mike, and thanks to all RSPB members for the work you’ve done so far to step up for nature. You’ve been making the case for protecting the environment for over a century. You have a strong voice. It came through loud and clear in all the RSPB responses to our Natural Environment White Paper. And you certainly sang out very strongly during the spending review! Your voice is strong – and it’s invaluable.